Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder has dismissed claims that his £250,000 a week salary proved a stumbling block in a potential move to Manchester United this summer.
The Dutchman has long been admired by Sir Alex Ferguson but a move to Old Trafford failed to materialise, with the playmaker saying he is now happy to remain in Italy.
He was quoted as saying by The Mirror: "For me, it was not so much a financial issue.
“My feeling was that I was simply feeling very good at Inter. I love the club, but also the Italian culture and the people. It fits with me."
The former Real Madrid star admitted the interest was there from United, but said that after the sale of Samuel Eto'o Inter were unlikely to let him leave.
“I just felt that it was close, yes. We had several talks. The situation was such that Inter had to sell a player, either Samuel Eto’o or me, and indeed there was interest," he added.
“They [Manchester United] are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it didn’t seem a bad thing, but at the same time I don’t want to leave Inter.
“Italy is great for me, and I cannot exclude that they [United] got that feeling. For me, a move was not an absolute must and there were a few things which meant it did not happen.”